Business: How Much the Hardhats Get

HOURLY pay for union building trades workers averages $6.39 in cities of 100,000 or more, up 11.9% from January 1970. Including fringe benefits, employers' costs run 13% higher, or $7.23 an hour. As usual, the Labor Department's latest wage figures show wide variations among trades and cities. Examples:

CITY ELECTRICIANS PLUMBERS CARPENTERS LABORERS

Atlanta $7.15 $6.85 $6.65 $3.85

Chicago 7.80 6.90 6.85 5.40

Cleveland 8.03 8.35 8.10 6.52

El Paso 5.60 5.50 4.72 2.71

Nashville...

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